Long- Gracie has just finished her freshman year of college in Memphis when she takes a job at a local pizza joint in her home town of McKenzie, Tennessee. She is the epitome of innocence when she meets Noah. Noah is unabashedly handsome, intriguingly reckless and just cocky enough to be sexy. Gracie’s instincts tell her to stay far away from him and based on the stories she hears from her co-workers he leaves broken hearts in his wake. But still, she can’t explain her fascination with him.
Noah puts aside his bad boy ways when what he thought was a summer crush has him unexpectedly falling in love. But soon after Gracie transfers to UT Knoxville to be with Noah, their unexpected love becomes riddled with anger, deceit and humiliation.
Jake, Noah’s former roommate and Gracie’s best friend, can no longer be a bystander. Gracie’s world falls out from beneath her and when she breaks she turns to Jake for strength. As Jake talks her through a decision she’s not yet strong enough to make, together they uncover a truth so ugly neither of them is prepared for its fallout. Will Jake pull her to the surface or is Gracie Jordan finally In Too Deep?
Wow first off I have to say this book was intense. Gracie Jordan is the epitome of what you would call a good girl. She goes to church on Sunday, is still a virgin, and pretty much never breaks the rules. That all changes when Gracie meets Noah when she is on summer break after her first year of college. Noah is the typical womanizing bad boy and he falls for Gracie from the moment he meets her. At first this book reads as your typical bad boy turns good guy when he meets the sweet virginal girl and falls in love but it is far from it. To be very straightforward this book is about an abusive relationship. Thankfully not a physically abusive one but very controlling and emotionally abusive. Luckily I have never found myself in the kind of relationship that Gracie and Noah had and I couldn’t imagine what I would be like in that kind of situation.
I spent much of the book screaming at Gracie to leave Noah and get herself away from that toxic mess of a relationship. I do realize that Noah did quite the number on Gracie and it is difficult to have any self-esteem in a situation like that. This book was truly an eye opener to this kind of relationship and I believe that every woman should read it. Odds are that if you haven’t been in there before you probably know someone who has and maybe reading about this will help you to prevent it happening in the future.
Warning: The main focus of this book is very controlling and emotionally abusive relationship. If this makes you uncomfortable I would pass this one up; however, the book does end happily and I definitely believe it is worth the read.
Disclosure: This ebook was provided to BBMoreB free of charge for the sole purpose of an honest review. All thoughts, comments, and ratings are my own.
Michelle Kemper Brownlow has been a storyteller her entire life. Her debut was on the high school cheerleading bus granting requests to re-tell her most embarrassing moments for a gaggle of hysterical squadmates.
Earning her Bachelor’s degree from Penn State University in Art Education and then marrying her very own “Jake,” she moved to Binghamton, NY where she taught high school. After having two children she quit work and finished her Master’s degree in Elementary Education at Binghamton University.
The Brownlow family of four moved to Michelle’s hometown of Morgantown, PA while the children were still quite young. A few years after moving, her family grew by one when they welcomed a baby into their home through the gift of adoption. The family still resides in PA, just miles from where that high school cheer bus was parked.
Michelle has been an artist for as long as she can remember, always choosing pencils and crayons over toys and puzzles. As a freelance illustrator, her simple characters play the starring roles in numerous emergent reader books published by Reading Reading Books.
“Writing is my way of making sense of the world. When I give my characters life on the pages I write, it frees up space in my mind to welcome in new stories that are begging to be told,” says Brownlow